Fall 2015 Enrollment Generates Record Tuition Revenue

Download the 2015 Enrollment Summary, a comprehensive guide to DePaul's fall enrollment.
Fall enrollment sets the stage for DePaul’s annual fiscal performance. By surpassing enrollment targets and generating a university record in tuition revenue this fall, DePaul is in a strong position for the 2015-16 academic year. 

The 23,539 students enrolling this fall exceed the budgeted target by 1 percent.  This marks the fifth consecutive quarter DePaul has met its overall enrollment target.  The $222.4 million in tuition revenue is $4.3 million above goal and $7.1 million more than last year. 
 
“As an institution so heavily reliant on tuition revenue, the outcomes each fall are critical,” explains David Kalsbeek, senior vice president of Enrollment Management and Marketing.  “Even with a slightly lower enrollment than last year, we’ve been able to generate a record amount of tuition revenue by carefully balancing our enrollment portfolio and executing an effective pricing and aid strategy.”

A key component of DePaul’s fall performance is the number of new students.  New student enrollment is strong across the board, with undergraduate, graduate and law all exceeding budgeted targets.  Overall, new student enrollment is 4 percent over budget and nearly 1 percent greater than last year.

“Our performance with new students is a testament to the impact of our integrated marketing and recruitment efforts,” Kalsbeek adds.  “It is a clear reflection of our success in a hyper-competitive market.”  

Offered below are additional highlights from the final enrollment data for fall quarter based on the Sept. 26, 2015, census.

New Student Enrollment
  • The freshman class is 2,519 students, 2 percent over the budgeted goal of 2,475. Demand remains strong as applications for admission are the second highest ever at DePaul.  The academic profile of the class is comparable to last year; the average high school GPA is 3.56 and the average ACT 25.2.  The class’ diverse makeup is another highlight. Students of color comprise 36 percent of the freshman class, first-generation students 35 percent and out-of-state students a record 41 percent.
  • Transfer enrollment of 1,458 is 10 percent (128 students) over the budgeted level and an increase of 7 percent over fall 2014.  
  • SNL’s new undergraduate enrollment of 171 students is 15 percent under budget (30 students) and 52 students less than last year’s headcount.
  • New master’s enrollment of 1,688 is 2 percent over the budgeted target and up 11 students (or 1 percent) compared to last year.  CDM grew 12 percent over last year. Credit hours by new master’s students are 18 percent over budget.  This fall, 16 percent (or 278 students) of all new master’s students are international (based on F1 and J1 visa status), similar to last fall. 
  • The College of Law enrolls 278 new students, 36 students (or 15 percent) more than budgeted and 14 students (or 5 percent) more than last year.
Overall Enrollment
  • Total university enrollment of 23,539 students is 220 students more than the budgeted goal of 23,229. Credit hours are 293,979, which is 2 percent above the projected volume.
  • Undergraduate enrollment of 15,961 is 1 percent above the budget projection of 15,844. Undergraduate enrollment has remained at or near this level since 2009. 
  • Graduate enrollment of 6,800 is 2 percent above the budget target and only 44 students fewer than last year.  
  • Law enrollment stands at 778 students, 7 percent over budget but 3 percent fewer than last fall.  
Racial/Ethnic Diversity
  • DePaul’s student profile continues to become more diverse. This fall, 8,229 of the 23,539 students enrolled (or 35 percent) are students of color—the highest number and the highest proportion of students of color in DePaul’s history. 
  • Students of color account for 38 percent of undergraduate enrollment, 29 percent of graduate enrollment and 25 percent of law enrollment.
Online Enrollment
  • Online hours account for 10 percent of all credit hours registered.  The 28,655 online learning credits are a university record and a 14 percent increase over last year.  
Download the 2015 Enrollment Summary, DePaul’s annual publication containing official fall enrollment data; this booklet is mailed to all full-time faculty and staff. If you are interested in obtaining a quantity of booklets, contact Brady Johnson, divisional communications director for EMM, at bjohns16@depaul.edu.